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Governor Proclaims Tuesday 'Carolina Hurricanes Day'

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Mike Easley on Tuesday proclaimed June 20 "Carolina Hurricanes Day" and encouraged fans to wear red, white and black to support the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions.

Easley was set to present the proclamation to Jim Rutherford, president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, during a celebration at the RBC Center Tuesday evening to celebrate the team's first Stanley Cup championship.

"The team has weathered a wild 'hurricane' season this year and ridden the storm surge to win the 2006 National Hockey League Championship," Easley said. "I commend these talented players and coaches for capturing the sport's ultimate prize and joining the elite group of athletes known as Stanley Cup champions."

After playing 107 games and earning a 52-22-8 regular-season record, the Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Monday to conclude the seven-game series to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Before Game 1, Easley bet Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, his Canadian counterpart, that the Carolina Hurricanes would beat the Edmonton Oilers to win the 2006 Stanley Cup. At stake was one pound of barbecue, one bottle of barbeque sauce and one pint of slaw from both Wilber's Barbecue of Goldsboro and the Barbecue Center Inc. of Lexington and a case of Cheerwine.

Klein countered the wager with an offer of Grade-A Alberta beef and a selection of appropriate side dishes.

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